Terrell Allen is the sole Drexel signee for their 2015 recruiting class so far. The 6’2, 185 pound guard from DeMatha High School has been more than effective in his high school days. During his senior season this year, he helped lead his team to a 33-4 record. The Stags were also ranked as the best team in Maryland by MaxPreps, thanks to the contributions of Allen. Let’s take a look at some of his strengths, weaknesses, and how he will fit in with the Dragons.
There are a lot of things to like about Allen’s game. To start, he is a team oriented player. He is willing to make the extra pass and get the ball out of his hands when it is necessary. This often comes out of the pick and roll, which he runs well. He is able to sneak by the screen and make the correct decision on the fly. Allen is quick and makes fast paced moves on the perimeter to blow by his defender. It is the foot speed you want your starting point guard to have, and it reflects on both ends of the floor.
On defense, Allen is fundamentally strong. While on the ball, he makes sure to slide his feet and keep his hands up when he is playing the lane. This way, he avoids foul trouble and forces tough shots on the offensive player.
However, his fantastic feel of the game and presence on the floor are the most impressive aspects of his play. He knows when it is time to shoot, when it is time to pass, when it is time to jump, and so on. His strong decision making and maturity rubs off on his fellow teammates. This can be demonstrated by his scoring during his junior season, in which he averaged less than 8 points per game. He did this for the better of the team, by not forcing shots and only taking the best available ones. However, his mere scoring didn’t phaze Allen, and he continued to do the things that would best benefit his team. He is a leader and floor general who understands and commands the game. I guess this can explain why DeMatha was so successful this season. Moreover, he’ll bring a winning attitude to a Drexel team that has to feel slightly defeated, after a down season and the loss of their best player, Damion Lee.
There is not much to dislike about Terrell Allen’s game. He is a fantastic leader and student of the game. But there is one gaping hole that needs to be filled: his scoring. Allen needs to attack the basket more often and improve his jumper. We see sparks of his scoring ability, but the Dragons need him to be more consistent and confident. Although making the extra pass is good, at Drexel, he will have to force shots and finish through traffic. Allen also has a lot of work to do on his jumpshot. Although his follow through is strong, he doesn’t shoot the ball high enough. He needs to raise that release, so defenders can’t block his shot. This will come by growing stronger, which is something that will improve all aspects of his game, like finishing through contact. Yet, I worry that he won’t be able to do this instantly.
In addition, off the ball, on offense and defense, Allen is sometimes caught watching the play. He occasionally misses significant help defense opportunities and on the other end of the floor, he doesn’t always cut aggressively to the ball. This limits his opportunities on offense.
Good, Okay, or Bad Fit?
Terrell Allen is an okay fit for the Dragons. I mean, who wouldn’t want Allen? He is a fantastic leader and has a high IQ. Allen is a team player and does not often force bad shots. However, without Damion Lee, the Dragons need a go-to scorer. Allen won’t give them that just yet, but he will play fundamental and team oriented basketball. Hopefully, he can evolve into their scoring leader in the years to come after junior Tavon Allen (11.2 ppg) graduates. The Drexel coaching staff should be happy with Allen, but I wonder if he won’t develop into the player they need.
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